To Heart 2 Review (Part 6)

By bluemist on April 24th, 2004

Review Coverage: April 18 to 24

Finally, some plot! Yuji at last became a role player by being second conscience to Takaki. And because of his hard-hitting words, Takaki is slowly realizing that Konomi isn’t quite the girl she used to know. Slowly, their relationship is gonna change. Will it finally be romance? Or just plain childhood friends? This is not yet the final week, but we can see the Takaki and Konomi relationship step up a notch higher. The second sleepover by Konomi isn’t the same as before anymore because of this. Things are going to get finally exciting… read on!

April 18
Takaki all by himself again.

April 19
Konomi says that she has just made some close friends in class. Her two new friends seem to like drawing, and so they also invite Konomi for a manga festival this coming Golden Week.

During a break, Takaki and Yuji step outside, and they see Konomi along with her two new friends. Yuji finally played matchmaker, and aims to let Takaki realize his feelings for Konomi. Yuji asks if Takaki likes Konomi, not as a childhood friend, but as a girl and a potential romantic partner. Yuji believes that Konomi likes Takaki, and it seems that both are afraid to say it to each other because it may break their childhood friend relationship. Yuji says that sure they are indeed childhood friends, but having Konomi cook bento meals for Takaki, walk with him everyday, and even sleep over in the house, it doesn’t seem like Konomi wants to be just childhood friends with Takaki. Takaki remains stubborn throughout the whole conversation, and so Yuji gives up, and says “Well, believing on me or not depends on you. Just don’t regret later.”

After the heavy conversation, Konomi approaches Takaki. Konomi asked what is wrong with him, while he is feeling embarrassed the conversation was about Konomi. Konomi leaves and goes to her new friends, who is apparently gossiping with each other about Konomi and Takaki.

April 20
Tamaki tries to quiz the boys about where she went. Konomi says that Tamaki is blooming these days, and looks particularly beautiful. The boys remain clueless about it.

Konomi seems to have a problem with her studies, so Takaki agreed to help her a bit. This made her happy, so much that she would treat Takaki to a special dish. So they go to Konomi’s house and eat. While at Konomi’s house, Takaki remembers his conversation with Yuji. By this time Takaki should have been slowly realizing that he has feelings for Konomi. He is starting to be careful about her.

April 21
Konomi and Takaki play a word game called shiritori in the morning. After class, Takaki meets Konomi. Konomi expected them to go home together, but Takaki says he still has business to attend to, so Konomi goes on ahead. Takaki seems to start to avoid going home with Konomi.

April 22
Takaki goes to Konomi’s house too early. Her mother says that she’s still asleep, and so Takaki goes on ahead. Along the way, Konomi catches up to him, and is quite upset. After class, Manaka announces that they are supposed to talk about the upcoming exposure trip. Takaki uses this as an excuse to avoid going home with Konomi again, and so he informs her. Konomi looks upset. That night, when Takaki is about to go home, Konomi appears. Apparently she didn’t go home early too, so they went home together.

April 23
After class, Takaki is set to go home alone, but Konomi appears. She is upset now, and asks is Takaki is avoiding her lately. Takaki defends with an incomplete answer.

April 24
Konomi appears in Takaki’s house to pick him up, maybe because she thinks that she will not be picked up at her home. Outside, they actually meet her mother, who is in a hurry to go on a business trip with her father. They will be out for this day, and so Konomi’s mother asks Takaki to let Konomi sleep on his home again. Takaki agrees, but after Konomi’s mother left, he is showing apprehension. With all his avoiding Konomi lately, this is a most troubling event.

At Takaki’s home, Konomi cooks their dinner, and prepares their baths. After that, Takaki wants to sleep ahead, and so he goes into his room. Again this upsets Konomi, so after a while, Konomi goes to his room and asks directly, “Taka-kun, are you angry with me?” Konomi says that lately Takaki has changed, seems distant to her, and she wonders if there is something that she did that he is angry about. She’s visibly worried about it. But Takaki finally answers that it is not like that. Konomi is relieved a bit. Konomi says that she will not change, she will stay as herself, the childhood friend of Takaki.

There we go! Some heavy events finally happen! You can notice that Tamaki isn’t appearing too much lately, and so Yuji can do his role as Takaki’s second conscience. Yuji’s goal is to make Takaki realize his feelings for Konomi, and I think he succeeded a bit. Takaki started to be shy around Konomi, trying to avoid her. In effect Konomi gets upset, and worries if she did something wrong towards him. In the end, Takaki remains kind to Konomi, and she is relieved a bit.

Konomi may have said that she will never change, but that’s probably because she doesn’t want Takaki to desert her. But in fact she is striving for more. As Yuji said, she makes meals for Takaki, walking to and from school with him, even sleeping over for the second time. By this time it has been made clear that Konomi really likes Takaki a lot. But, as Yuji had said, both parties may be afraid to go to the next level in their relationship, partly because they don’t know what they really mean to each other.

I think this will be the main thread of Konomi’s scenario in To Heart 2. We will see in the final week what kind of events would happen that will lead to Konomi and Takaki finally realizing their feelings for each other, and finally showing that feeling to each other. Stay tuned! We’re almost there!